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Artell: "Our Season Will Be Finished. It Has To Be Completed."

28 March 2020

The Football Association, the FA Premier League and the EFL will hold further talks this week with the proposed return date of 30th April looking to be extended – but Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell firmly believes that the 2019/20 season will be completed.

Last week, it was announced that the season’s results from steps 3-6 of the football pyramid will be ‘null and void’ and no promotion or relegation issues decided.

Crewe are currently top of League Two with nine games left to play and the Alex boss is adamant that it will be finished.

Artell is hoping that some sort of football can resume before the end of May, perhaps behind closed-doors at first – but of course that will have a financial impact on lower league clubs who rely on gate receipts.

Ahead of more crucial talks this week, a steadfast Artell told “Our season will finish. I already know there are broadcasting issues and the Premier League will not let that happen, it just won't.

"The football authorities, however much white noise there might be from people witth their own agendas, won't let it happen.

"That waterfall will start, the Football League will fall in line, and there will be a resumption of football - I think - quicker than everyone thinks.

"We are three weeks in, in three weeks time we could be over the top of the curve and coming down the other side. Two more weeks, and everyone could be back in training - social distancing still - and before you know it our cases are about where China's are now and we are back.

"Maybe behind closed doors for a couple of weeks, then maybe letting people in and finishing the season.

The boss added: "There is a good thing football can do for the country. If you're cooped up for 12 weeks which the over 70s have to be, my dad is going up the wall already, but if there was a football game on every day he'd be in heaven and that could happen. I think it will happen!”


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